Singers, Celebs Take to Social Media to Mourn Leonard Cohen - NBC4 Washington

Singers, Celebs Take to Social Media to Mourn Leonard Cohen

"Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free," Cohen sang

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    (Published Friday, Nov. 11, 2016)

    Celebrities mourned the loss of Leonard Cohen, a legendary singer-songwriter who so many others have cited as an influence and died Thursday night.

    Called "utterly unique and impossible to imitate" by Nick Cave, he was known for writing folk music with an edge, creating famous tunes such as "Hallelujah," "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire." Cohen was also a poet, novelist and an aspiring Zen monk.

    As fellow singers and performers remembered the 82-year-old Canadian's life and work, they cited his poignant lines and highlight his pure spirit: